BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for men's and women's cross country and golf on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Carleton and Saint John's claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Sept 12 – 18, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, volleyball and soccer) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
For the second time in three weeks, Donson Cook-Gallardo has claimed MIAC Athlete of the Week honors. The Carleton senior led all MIAC runners at the St. Olaf Invitational this past weekend, taking second place overall with a time of 25:33.8 on the eight-kilometer course. The 19-team field included all eight Conference squads in competition and marked Cook-Gallardo's second consecutive top-2 finish.
MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Sophomore Meg Mathison was the runner-up in the 321-racer field at the St. Olaf Invitational over the weekend, helping the Knights to a second-place team finish. Mathison clocked a time of 22:22.1 to lead all MIAC entrants while running the six-kilometer distance for the first time competitively.
MIAC Men's Golf Athlete of the Week
Saint John's University
Maple Grove, Minn. | Totino-Grace
Saint John's sophomore Matt Lutz tied for second out of 99 golfers with a 146 (+2) to help the Johnnies' recover from a 10-shot deficit to win the Fall Invitational over the weekend. Lutz carded four birdies and a two-under-par 70 in Sunday's final round.
MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Beijing City, China | Lighthouse Christian Academy
Ziyi Wang finished two strokes off the pace, while helping Carleton claim the team title at the D3 Classic over the weekend. She matched her career-low with an even-par 72 on Saturday and battled to a 79 on Sunday for a total of 151. It marked her second runner-up finish in three tournaments this season.